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 July 09, 2010


Sergeant Audie Murphy Club to resume

The Fort McCoy chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) is being re-established after a five-year absence.

The club is named after Audie Murphy, who served in World War II and became the war’s most-decorated U.S. Army Soldier. Murphy received every Army medal/award for valor in battle, including the Medal of Honor.

Training and Doctrine Command Regulation 600-14 defines the SAMC as an elite organization of noncommissioned officers whose demonstrated performance and inherent leadership qualities and abilities are characterized by those of Sgt. Audie Murphy.

The SAMC is a means of recognizing those NCOs who have contributed significantly to the development of a professional NCO Corps and combat-ready Army. Members exemplify leadership characterized by personal concern for the needs, training, development and welfare of Soldiers and concern for Families of Soldiers.

Fort McCoy Garrison Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. William T. Bissonette Jr., said the program officially was reactivated July 1 after a coordinated effort including many officials in the U.S. Army Reserve Command (USARC) and the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve.

“USARC had a program when it was under the command and control of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM),” Bissonette said. “When USARC began reporting to Headquarters Department of the Army, the program ceased to exist for our Army Reserve Soldier.”

During that time, the Army National Guard SAMC continued because the program reported directly to the Department of the Army (DA) to procure funding, awards, authorization, etc. Bissonette said after USARC officials made their case, it was decided the Army Reserve SAMC could do the same.

SAMC aspirants must be recommended by their senior NCOs and meet all of the SAMC requirements. Army Reserve candidates for the designation must go before a selection board, which can either be through their organization or to the board at the nearest location.

“It’s a very prestigious award, and it is an honor to belong to the club. The medallion can be worn with dress uniforms in some cases,” Bissonette said.

More information about the Army Reserve SAMC policies and procedures will be available soon. Soldiers who want more information about the SAMC chapter or nomination process at Fort McCoy can call Bissonette at 608-388-3605.

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